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Nike Ajax Missile


Published 1950s
Topics war, army, missile


a 1-minute primer produced in the late 1950s

Technical Specifications

Overall length: 34 ft. 10 in. with booster. Missile only 21 ft.

Diameter: 12 inches

Wingspan: 4 ft., 6 in.

Overall weight: 2455 pounds. Missile only 1000 pounds.

Fuel:

Missile sustainer motor: JP4 aviation fuel and; hypergolic starter fluid 1.) Aniline/furfuryl alcohol. 2.) Dimethyl-hydrazine. 3.) Red fuming nitric acid. Red fuming nitric acid was the last starter fluid used.

Booster: Solid propellant

Range: 25 to 30 miles

Speed: Mach 2.3 (1679 mph)

Altitude limit: 70,000 feet

Guidance: Command guidance from ground emplacement

Warhead: High-explosive fragmentation. Three separate warheads located in the nose, mid-section, and aft section.

The missile was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft in California. The booster section was manufacture by the Hercules Powder Company, Radford Arsenal Virginia. The missile sustainer motor was manufactured by Bell Aircraft in Buffalo New York. The guidance system was manufactured by Western Electric.


Production Company US Army
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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